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Lost key and ford cant make new one

My girfriend and i just bought a 1990 tempo. upon trying to get an ignition key, the local shop was out of we decided to wait till they got them in. unfortunitly, we have "misplaced" the only key we had. i have called the local dealership and due to the age of the car, they cant make one from the VIN. i can get a new cyclinder and keys from autozone, but havent a clue on how to change this. can someone possibly give me some guideance on how to do this or where to find info on how to do this. thanks in advance for your time.

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  • kjohnston Oct 22, 2008


    thanks for the advice. i just found a site that shows how to do it but like you said, we have to be able to turn the ignition to remove it. Is there anyway around this since i dont have the key? if the ford dealer can do it, i should be able to somehow. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as they want 55.00 an hour, one hour minimun. thanks again for your time.


  • kjohnston Oct 22, 2008

    great...well, i appreciate your help. just talked to ford dealer and they pretty much confirmed what you were telling, something else i didnt think about. if i have them change the cylinder, i wont have a key for the doors so i wont be able to lock my man...loosing a key can be really expensive...they want 175.00 to replace ignition cylinder and drivers door i in the wrong business. i really appreciate your help on this. you have been more than helpful!! thanks again.


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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Have the dealer do it, without the key you are up shi... creek, you need to turn the ignition on to remove the cylinder.



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Hi. Had a similar problem when I bought a car. Guy selling it had no keys. He already changed the ignition cylinder with one from local parts store (he drilled out the old one. It seemed to work, but I don't know if its the right way). I still didn't have the keys to the door. I removed the lock cylinder from the door and took it to a locksmith. He made a key for about $25. On some cars, the door and ignition are the same key, so this may have worked to get me an ignition switch. I still need to take out the trunk cylinder to get a key (its different than the door). I hope the electric switch keeps working. I know this is late, but thought I would post it.

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20 years in a Ford dealer, never found a way around it. Wish I could be of more help.

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    yadayada Oct 22, 2008

    After you buy $50,000 worth of tools to do the work the pay isn't that great, the dealer gets 80% of the repair bill, I made $28.00 an hour, not much since the bill for tools was never ending.



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